“Harness racing and county fairs are a natural fit that have long gone hand in hand in a special slice of
In addition to the fair festivities, Saturday will feature live racing with a first post of 5 p.m. (ET), a trackside
The Virginia Racing Commission County Fair 5K Run will be held on the track itself at 8:15 p.m. Saturday night. Registration begins at 7 p.m. and costs $10. The first 100 runners to sign-up will get a free T-shirt. There will also be a free one-mile fun run for kids 12 and under on the racetrack.
Sunday’s matinee card begins at 1 p.m. but the festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. with a breakfast in the paddock featuring horse demonstrations that lead up to several qualifying races at 12 noon. Sunday will also feature a trackside
The New Kent County Fair opens at noon both days and will feature a petting zoo, indoor/outdoor exhibits, a dunking booth, pony rides, barrel train ride, classic car show, giant inflatables, clowns, tasty festival food and hourly door prizes.
Admission to both the fair and the races is just $2 and kids 12 and under are free.
Live racing will continue at Colonial Downs through Nov. 6 on a Saturday-through-Tuesday schedule. Post time is 5 p.m. on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and 1 p.m. on Sundays.
For more racing information call (804) 966-7223. For more fair information call (804) 966-9645. (Colonial Downs)